Sorry Dubai, Saudi Arabia’ Makkah is set to unveil its world’s largest hotel sometime in 2017. Abraj Kudai which is a mammoth of a hotel will carry the title of the “the largest hotel in the world” for a many reasons.
With over a whopping 10,000 rooms, 12 towers, and four massive helipads, the hotel will certainly be the talk of the world, let alone the town.
According to official reports by the Gulf state, the Abraj Kudai hotel is expected to cost an incredible 3.5 billion US Dollars.
Dubbed “the labor of love”, the hotel is set to receive visitors from all over the world in 2017; that’s if all goes well as planned.
It goes without saying that the hotel is a brainchild of the Ministry of Finance of Saudi Arabia.
Abraj Kudai will be grander and bigger than any other hotel around the globe.
In 2017, Mecca, Saudi Arabia will be home to the world’s largest hotel, spanning 1.4 million square meters. Isn’t that huge?
The next best is the First World Hotel of Malaysia in terms of rooms with close to 7,500 rooms as mentioned in our other post about astonishing hospitality industry facts .
The Holy City in Saudi Arabia has plans to expand further in future with several other huge projects in queue.
Image Courtesy- Dar Group
Where Is the Abraj Kudai Hotel Located?
Principally this world’s largest hotel is under construction in Makkah, a spot in Mecca’s central zone.
Manafia, where it’s precisely located, is just a mere 2 kilometers from the Holy Haram, a landmark in Mecca.
About Abraj Kudai Hotel in Saudi Arabia
The Abraj Kudai will have 10,000 rooms over 45 floors and 12 towers. It will cost £2.7 billion ($3.5 billion) to build, and is funded entirely by the Saudi Ministry of Finance. It will lead the pool of world’s largest hotels around the world with a distance.
It will have 70 restaurants, a ballroom, an extravagant shopping mall and helipads.
Yes, you got that right, it will indeed have 70 restaurants.
International project design consultancy Dar al-Handasah group is in charge of design, which will be located two kilometers from the largest mosque in the world – Masjid al-Haram.
The mosque brings around to two to five million Muslims when traveling on Umrah or Hajj pilgrimages. Areen Design, a British group, will handle the deluxe interiors.
Illustration Image of Abraj Kudai by Dar Group
World-Class Amenities at Abraj Kudai
For starters, the hotel forecasts that there will be royalties making frequent visits to their premise.
So, designers have set the entire floor of about 1.4 million sqm to house rooms geared toward royal families.
Also, there’ll be a conventional conference centre therein to cater to the elite of society.
The podium of Abraj Kudai hotel will host a lot of things, few of which are mentioned below:
- Shopping mall
- A raft of restaurants and food courts
- A bus station
- Car Parking spaces
- Lounges and sitting areas
..and several other world-class amenities. All this when we just talk about the podium of this to be world’s largest hotel.
With all these top-notch facilities – and possibly more to be added later on, the hotel will indeed offer lavish hospitality at its best.
World’s Largest Hotel Dome and The hotel Size
It will also feature the largest dome atop a hotel. The dome itself will sit on top of a duo of mid towers, and will house a convention center and a ballroom.
It will be one of a kind oozing off the ancient Arabian reminiscence.
On the whole, the dome is set to be photogenic, offering breathtaking views of the hotel guests.
As you might expect, the Gulf state is gunning for the biggest size there’s with its world’s largest hotel.
It’s projected to cover over 15 million sqft and rise a dizzying 45 stories before it opens in 2017.
Before the Saudi Arabia hotel is constructed, the world’s largest hotel in terms of size can be currently found in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, with close to 6,200 rooms for guests to stay in.
Expected Delays for Abraj Kudai
The largest hotel in the world is facing a bit of headwind as the Gulf state’s economy is reeling back from falling oil and gas prices.
Hotel pundits expect that delays will not push the opening past 2018, though.
The hotel will be a historic landmark – a reflection of the modern understanding of an old-style desert castle. 10 of the 12 towers will offer four-star housings while the other two will provide five-star accommodations.
The hotel will be open for the public to stay in at a cost of potentially £4,000 per night or $5250 approximately. Five floors, however, are going to be reserved for the country’s royal family.